By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Carson College of Business honored its outstanding faculty, staff and graduate students during an annual awards event May 3 at Washington State University Pullman.

  • Outstanding Online MBA Faculty of the Year Award: Kalvin Joshi, Department of Management, Information Systems and Entrepreneurship, makes the online lecture forum feel like a real classroom and brings it to a personal level. Students also recognize his unlimited support throughout all the capstone classes and say he listens and is always willing to help.
  • Outstanding Executive MBA Faculty of the Year Award: K.D. Joshi, Department of Management, Information Systems and Entrepreneurship, makes a difficult subject easier to understand and for does it with wit and humor.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award: Yaou Hu, Department of Hospitality Business Management, is well prepared for class and makes it informative and interesting. Her teaching consistently receives high ratings, and faculty say she is one of the best graduate students the Carson College has ever had.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award: Aishajian Aizezkali, Department of Finance, published a paper in Computers and Industrial Engineering and currently has two additional papers examining hotel revenue management practices under submission at quality journals. He was recently hired by the Ivey Business School as a tenure-track assistant professor for his research work in revenue management and pricing optimization.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Smita Srivastava, Department of Management, Information Systems and Entrepreneurship, is a third-year doctoral student recognized for mentoring first year doctoral students and supporting the Business Plan Competition. She is referred to as the “glue” for the Ph.D. students.
  • Outstanding Staff Award:

Darcie Bagott, administrative assistant, Department of Hospitality Business Management, displays effective customer service and is a positive role model for students, represents the college mission above and beyond expectations and brings it positive recognition through her community work. She is enthusiastic and collaborative across units and departments, and works creatively and innovatively to solve problems and makes the college a better place to work.

Suzi Billington, director, Carson Center for Student Success, has instituted numerous changes in staff, structure, policy, management style and advising philosophy to provide an excellent Carson College student experience. These changes also have slowed the turnover rate among the advisors in the Carson Center — a very crucial improvement for boosting advisor moral and reducing advising errors.

Sophia Gaither, associate director, Carson Center for Student Success, demonstrates commitment to creating student opportunities beyond expectations, is a positive role model for students, and brings positive recognition to the college through effective work with other college and university units. She is known for her professionalism and enthusiasm toward prospective students and serves on the WSU executive policy 15 work group in the Office of Equal Opportunity.

  • Mark Beattie
    Mark Beattie

    Outstanding Clinical Faculty or Nontenure Track Faculty Award: Mark Beattie, School of Hospitality Business Management at WSU Everett, provides a truly transformative educational experience for students. He never misses an opportunity to promote colleague’s achievements, support, or thank others for their contributions. He is a considerate and mindful teacher who knows and cares for every CCB student on the Everett campus and pursues industry connections in order to increase job opportunities for students. He has been instrumental in guiding the growth and development of the Carson College in Everett.

  • Rob Crossler
    Rob Crossler

    Outstanding Faculty Scholarship & Research Award: Rob Crossler, Department of Management, Information Systems and Entrepreneurship, had a very strong research year including eight papers published or accepted, several in premiere information systems(IS) journals. In addition, he has nine manuscripts under review at various stages in top-quality outlets in the IS discipline. He is a leading scholar in the AIS community, evidenced by numerous national and international rankings including being the 11th most highly published author in the world for the top four IS journals.

  • Babu John Mariadoss
    Babu John Mariadoss

    Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award: Babu John Mariadoss, Department of Marketing and International Business, received several noteworthy teaching recognitions in the last year including the Faculty Staff Appreciation Award for use of open educational resources (2017), a National Fellow of Direct Sales Educational Foundation (2017-2020), the WSU LIFT Faculty Fellow (2018), and an Honors Faculty Fellow (2017-2020).

  • Claire Latham
    Claire Latham

    Outstanding Faculty Service Award: Claire Latham, Department of Accounting, WSU Vancouver, established an assessment committee with representation from all CCB departments. She is also a member of the Mentor and Analysis Program task-force, and a project coordinator for the student business partnership. This past fall she served as the interim Beta-Alpha Psi faculty advisor to assist a colleague. In addition, is a board member of the President’s Teaching Academy, a member of the university grade appeals board and of the WSU admissions committee.


  • BJ Carlson, Carson College of Business assistant to the senior associate dean/personnel, 509-335-0395,
  • Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business assistant director of communications, 509-335-7578,